CEO's Departure Heralds Shake-Up Of Transportation Giant
Paul Tellier (right) is out as president and CEO and a new
troika will run Bombardier, according to Canadian news reports. The
stunning announcement came Monday, triggering a sell-off of
Bombardier stock, which reached a new one-year low within the first
45 minutes of the opening bell on the TSX.
NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe will leave the space agency in
the coming week, perhaps to be replaced by the one-time director of
the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, according to an
authoritative South Florida newspaper.
Dodged Muggers and Terrorists, Overcame Bureaucrats, Set Record
-- Beaten by Monsoon
By Aero-News Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose"
We just got the word that the Global Eagle world flight came to
an end -- in October. At Aero-News we were pummeled this way and
that by the events of 2004, and we didn't get the press release. We
don't think there was a press release, actually, as the demoralized
Global Eagle team trickled back to their day jobs. So it was news
to us, and no one had mentioned it at the rotary forum.com web site
(where I hang out sometimes), so we reckon it's probably news to
Glasair Aviation has revolutionized the concept of homebuilt
aircraft with the advent of their Customer Assembly Center (CAC)
Program, which makes it possible for a pilot to taxi the aircraft
of his dreams onto an active runway in less than 3 months.
From the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office in Punta Gorda,
Some of the area media reported on an incident report from the
Charlotte County Sheriff's Office concerning a multi-colored
parachute-style ultra-light aircraft flying several times over the
Punta Gorda water plant and dam area. The Chief Operator at the
plant made the report to deputies Monday morning saying there was
an orange-red-blue and yellow ultra-light flying over the facility.
A witness said the pilot was taking photographs of the
EADS and BAE Systems have given their joint effort, Airbus, the
okay to go ahead with production of the A350 -- a A330 derivative
designed specifically to compete with Boeing's new 7E7 Dreamliner.
This time, the battle for supremacy in the commercial passenger
market is head-to-head.
If you work at an airport, expect to have your name checked
against a combined list of terror suspects, just like the
passengers. That's part of the new intelligence bill passed by
Congress last week. That process could begin in as little as six
Representatives of EAA's Canadian Council are among those
meeting this week with Transport Canada officials in Ottawa,
Ontario, to discuss integrating sport pilot/light-sport aircraft
regulations with Canadian aircraft regulations. Those present for
the two-day meeting (December 7-8) included Council Chairman G.
Denis Browne along with members Jack Dueck, Herb Cunningham, and
"It's amazing!" were the first words spoken by Lance Cpl. Junior
M. Bazile, a Marine Air-Ground Task Force planner for II Marine
Expeditionary Force, after he took his initial flight in the V-22
Osprey Tilt Rotor Aircraft.
Wins Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Contract From
FLIR Systems says it has been awarded an indefinite
delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the US Government for an
advanced version of its 9 inch stabilized electro-optical
surveillance system. The contract has a maximum value of $75
million for the delivery of up to 200 systems over a five year
President's Pick To Succeed Tom Ridge Is Out For "Personal
In a startling turn of events, Bernard Kerik, President Bush's
nominee to replace Department of Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge,
has withdrawn his name from consideration. According to the
Washington Post, Kerik sent a two-sentence e-mail to the White
House around 2200 local on Friday night, indicating that he was
taking the action for "personal reasons."
H.E. Kimmel Was CINCPAC When Pearl Harbor Was Bombed
Thomas Kimmel is a grandson to one of the most famous scapegoats
in American history. His grandfather, Adm. H.E. Kimmel (below),
commanded the Pacific Fleet based at Pearl Harbor when Japanese
dive bombers and torpedo planes attacked Hawaii on December 7,
1941. The admiral, who was blamed for not properly defending the
island, was demoted and relieved of command 10 days after the
attack. He died in 1968, never having had his honor or rank
restored by the U.S. government.
His grandson is trying to fix that.
Things To Think About When Choosing Aircraft Service
NATA has a new customer service initiative produced by its
Aircraft Maintenance & System Technology Committee. The new
initiative provides a list of questions that aircraft owners and
operators should ask when considering conducting business with an
aircraft service facility.
"The destruction of Meigs Field was a complete abomination.
Further insulting was the use of $2.8 million of funds from O'Hare
and Midway -- two airports already strained with capacity issues
and heavily supported with federal funding -- in order to destroy a
valuable general aviation airport."
Source: Sen Jim Inhofe (R-OK) in a letter to FAA
Administrator Marion Blakey on Chicago's legal attempt to justify
the destruction of Meigs Field -- with FAA funds designated for
airport construction and improvement.